SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna is set to announce aggressive new proposals to protect our state’s vulnerable adults -- the elderly and those with mental or physical disabilities.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Department of Social and Health Services Assistant Secretary Kathy Leitch will appear with McKenna to outline what needs to be done to better protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens.
WHAT: Press Conference: Protecting Vulnerable Adults
WHO: Attorney General Rob McKenna
Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecutor
Kathy Leitch, Assistant Secretary, Aging and Disability Services Administration, Washington State
Department of Social and Health Services
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 9
WHERE: Merrill Gardens
805 4th Ave. North
Seattle, Washington 98109
Street parking available; Mercer Garage available a few blocks away
DETAILS: Washington State’s Adult Protective Services (APS) program received more than 13,000 reports of abuse, abandonment, neglect, self-neglect and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults in 2006 alone. In the same year, APS received more reports of allegations of financial exploitation against vulnerable adults than any other kind of mistreatment.
These startling numbers led to the establishment of the attorney general’s Vulnerable Adult Initiative. After more than a year of work, these caregivers, law enforcement officers and social workers are ready to release their final report.
Janelle Guthrie, AGO Communications Director, (360) 586-0725